[Congressional Record Volume 154, Number 40 (Monday, March 10, 2008)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E341]
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                           HON. SCOTT GARRETT

                             of new jersey

                    in the house of representatives

                         Monday, March 10, 2008

  Mr. GARRETT of New Jersey. Madam Speaker, I am pleased to 
congratulate the borough of Ramsey, New Jersey, on its centennial 
celebration. Today, March 10, is the 100th anniversary of the 
incorporation of Ramsey.
  Ramsey is located at the foothills of the Ramapo Mountains in 
northeast New Jersey and covers 5.9 square miles. Dutch, English, 
Scottish, and German settlers were among the first colonists to live in 
Ramsey. The Old Stone House was built as a Dutch colonial farmhouse in 
the 1700s, and it is still preserved today. A gristmill was erected in 
the mid 1780s, and six decades later a railroad station was assembled--
both brought commerce and development to the area. Ramsey quickly 
became known as the strawberry capital, due to the large amounts of 
strawberries grown in the region and then shipped to other States.
  Today, Ramsey is the site of six churches, three parks, four public 
schools, and a public library. Several scenes from The Sopranos episode 
``The Happy Wander'' were shot at the Maple Shade Motel, and Ramsey was 
also a setting for scenes from the 2006 film World Trade Center. 
Several notable Americans have resided in Ramsey, including Ryan Grant, 
running back for the Green Bay Packers; Danny Aiello, a stage and film 
star; and Ryan McGinley, a photographer. Perhaps the most distinguished 
resident to call Ramsey ``home'' was Army Master Sergeant Charles 
Ernest Hosking, who received a Medal of Honor for self-sacrificially 
saving the lives of several of his commanders during the Vietnam war.
  The borough of Ramsey is rich with historical, cultural, educational, 
and recreational institutions. For 100 years, Ramsey has been the 
cherished residence of many Americans. It is my hope that the borough 
of Ramsey will continue to be a vibrant community for many years to